HIST1500 - Modern History after ca 1750


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 100/100 6 hours

Course content

This course provides students with detailed overview of the important social, economic and political processes within Norwegian and International history from ca 1750 up to the 21st century. An important goal is to emphasise the linkage between Norwegian, European and global histories, as well as to highlight the different perspectives in the historiography. The course starts with the Enlightenment and the major upheavals in the 18th century, and explores other key themes like the industrial revolution, nationalism in Europe, European expansion and imperialism. Other important themes are the great wars, genocide and human catastrophes of the first half of the 20th century, the political and economic developments in the inter-war years, the Cold War, and trans-national projects (like the European integration), decolonisation, the liberation of women, developments in the Middle East, and economic and cultural globalisation. Above all, the course will highlight the ways in which international trends and events influence developments in Norway.

Learning outcome

A candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome according to the course curriculum, defined as knowledge and skills:


The candidate:

  • has broad knowledge in important political, economical and social history in the period after ca. 1850.
  • is familiar with different perspectives used by historians to explain fundamental historical themes in the period.
  • has general knowledge about the inter-connections between Norwegian, European and global history.



The candidate:

  • is able to explain important historical developments in the period after ca. 1750.
  • is able to carry through a source analysis that complies with the requirements of academic writing.
  • is able to discuss historical issues and to draw independent conclusions.


General competence

The candidate:

  • is able to engage in discussions and has insights into relevant ethical and historical considerations and is therefore able to analyse a case from different points of view. Critical thinking is central here.
  • is able to convey key issues such as historical insight and theory through experience with handling large amounts of information, and is able to present findings both in writing and verbally, or through other revelant modes of expression.
  • is able to plan and execute assignments over time.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and group assignments. Assignments and term paper.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignment
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  • Assignment

Further on evaluation

Written examination, can be held digitally, which assesses a broad spectre of skills (e.g. textual analysis, picture analysis and use of sources). Exam registration requires that class registration and all compulsory assignments are approved in the same semester.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

See curriculum published at the start of the semester and other materials (reading lists and other relevant information) published on Blackboard

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HIST1250 15.0 AUTUMN 2017
HIST1150 7.5 AUTUMN 2017
HIST1550 15.0 AUTUMN 2017
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  22.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • History
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Historical and Classical Studies


Examination arrangement: Home exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home exam 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home exam (1) 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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